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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Lies and Deceit
Transcript of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Lies and Deceit
The lies and deceit in the story affect all of the characters, including the ones that do the lying.
One major example of lies, spans the entire book. This is of course is the example of Dr. Jekyll lying about the fact that he knows/is Mr. Hyde, this effects Mr. Utterson because it gives him a big shock when finds out that his friend has been lying to him. This lie also effects Dr. Lanyon because the shock of it kills him.
Another lie in the book is when Dr. Jekyll says to Mr. Utterson that "the moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr. Hyde." this lie effects Dr. Jekyll because he knows that he is losing control, and he is giving himself false hope that he is in control.
Dr. Jekyll kept his secret about Mr. Hyde until the very end of the book when he didn't reveal it in person but through a letter that he had written to Mr. Utterson
Quotes relating to the theme, lies and deceit, begin occurring in the 3rd chapter.
“There is one point I would like you to understand. I have really a great interest in poor Hyde. I know you have seen him;
he told me so
; and I fear he was rude.”-
Jekyll somehow knows that Hyde has seen Utterson although Jekyll is Hyde.
"I bind my honour to you that I am done with him in this world."-
This is yet another lie from Jekyll stating that he is completely finished being associated with this character.
"Utterson, I swear to god, I swear to god I will never set eyes on him again"-
Jekyll promises to himself and Utterson, that he will never meet Hyde again, but, he eventually does break this promise.
"The two hands are in many points identical"-
Jekyll and Hyde's handwriting are very similar, therefore foreshadowing the fact that Jekyll is Hyde.
"what, Henry Jekyll forge for a murderer!"-
Utterson believes that Jekyll is writing letters for Hyde. This portrays the theme of deceit.
"some day Utterson, after I am dead,you may perhaps come to learn the right and wrong of this. I cannot tell you"-
This quote from Lanyon further portrays the theme of deceit.
Language, symbols, setting
Thoughts and Conclusion
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The idea of Lies and Deceit in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde presents itself using the setting, which is Victorian London. For example the "dismal of Soho" was, at the time, a dodgy area with prostitutes, homeless and unkempt children, and also happened to be where Hyde's home was. When the Utterson and the police had come in to his rooms, they found that it was quite luxurious and contained items such as a closet filled with wine, "a good picture hung upon the walls" and fancy carpets. The lies and deceit of this comes from the fact that a room of such quality existed in East London, which was filled with poverty and where the working class lived. It's very suspicious that Hyde would be living in such conditions, unless there were some shady dealings that Utterson and the rest were oblivious to.
Another symbol of Lies and Deceit is the passageway between the mysterious door of "Black Mail House" (as Enfield called it) and Dr Jekyll's laboratory. It represents their strange connection, that Jekyll and Hyde, who are such different people, are one and the same, deceiving all of London.
The main instance of lies and deceit in the novella are of when Dr Jekyll is hiding his alternate identity Mr Hyde. He hides Hyde both from his friends and the whole of London. Jekyll is driven by secrecy and deception when he creates his alter ego that allows him to indulge in his deepest pleasures. As he is still a respectable gentlemen he makes the decision to never reveal his secrets. Hyde as well as being Jekyll's alternate personality is somewhat more. He is seen as a primordial un-evolved being, a earlier version of man through his "ape-like" fury. He is also seen as a manifestation of the devil. His face reads of "Satan's signature" showing he is the work of the devil. He is also a tyrannical powerful embodiment of evil and sin symbolizing the evil within man. Jekyll later starts to understand this and believes that his problems can be solved with deceit and protecting his reputation at the same time.
Lies and Deceit is a very present theme in the novella 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. It is mainly present within the characters Jekyll & Hyde and supports the mystery theme of the whole story. There is a lot of symbolism in said characters, but this idea is conveyed in the language and setting as well.
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